Originally Posted by MSTR
The UFC has evolved massively. Gracie was an expert in BJJ and nothing else. Todays fighters are well versed in wrestling, BJJ, Maui Thai and Boxing. They have to be complete fighters to have any sort of chance. He fought Matt Hughes, the current welter weight champ (at the time) a couple years back and got thoroughly dominated from start to finish (as brief as it was). Its a totally different game. Because guys learned how to defend the takedown now much better, the stand up is a MUCH more important element.
Kind of ironic actually.
As far as I know, the UFC was basically established to showcase the Gracie bjj. Now they've been overtaken at their own game.